Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Turns into 'Political Brawl

Judge Brett Kavanaugh 53 has served for the past 12 years on the appeals court in Washington D.C. which is considered the second most important court in the country after the Supreme Court

But demonstrations continued inside the US Senate building where Kavanaugh was being quizzed on Wednesday, with occasional outbursts from protesters, such as: "Sham president, sham justice!" and "No Trump puppet!"

Kavanaugh's comments will do little to pacify skeptics, who have cited his opposition to a court ruling past year that an undocumented immigrant teenager who was in government custody was entitled to seek an abortion. It clearly annoyed and distracted Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Kavanaugh stood by his 2006 testimony when nominated for the appellate court when he said he was not involved in some Bush-era policies, particularly a bill-signing statement on the treatment of terror suspects that would have passed his desk as staff secretary.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

Senate majority whip John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said the Democrats' behavior would lead them to be "held in contempt of court", prompting a chorus of quiet boos and "Oh come on" that echoed throughout the hearing room.

This non-answer comes after Kavanaugh refused to say whether a president is legally obligated to respond to a subpoena.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving", Trump said in announcing his nomination at the White House. But to my colleagues what concerns me is that during this critical juncture in history, the president has handpicked a nominee to the court with the most expansive view of presidential power possible.

"Yes, of course he will", Mrs. Clinton tweeted Wednesday, as the judge prepared for his first questions at the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Capitol Police on Tuesday removed 61 protesters opposed to Kavanaugh from the room - often forcibly dragging them as they defiantly screamed about reproductive rights and other issues - and charged them with disorderly conduct.

As you know, executive privilege has never before been invoked to block the release of presidential records to the Senate during a Supreme Court nomination.

"Sen. Chuck Grassley could barely start the hearing by saying "Good Morning" before Democratic senators started interrupting him".

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh by October 1, the first day of the Supreme Court's new term.

Nonetheless, Democrats successfully delayed much of the hearing with long-winded speeches blasting Kavanaugh on the merits of his rulings, writings, and beliefs. Republicans have declined to seek those papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush.

The most likely outcome of this week's hearings is a vote along party lines to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

He also stressed that while he ultimately sided with the Trump administration, he also "made clear [the transfer to a sponsor] had to happen very quickly", and "specifically said the government can not use this as a ruse to somehow prevent the abortion" entirely. The Supreme Court's new term begins October 1.

"I want to reassure everyone that I base my decisions on the law, but I do so on the awareness of the facts and awareness of the real-world consequences", he said, speaking directly to the father of a Parkland, Fla., shooting victim in the audience.

That's far more than for any previous Supreme Court nominee, but millions of pages have been withheld.

Mr. Kavanaugh stressed that if confirmed, he would be "committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution", and would always strive to be "a team player on the Team of Nine". Roe and other Supreme Court decisions also protect the right to continue a pregnancy, meaning that the government can not coerce us into not having children through sterilization or other means.

"Republicans are trying to jam through a Supreme Court nominee who was selected specifically because he would overturn Roe v. Wade and end protections for people with pre-existing conditions", Sen. And he says he did not help set up or give legal advice for the Bush-era enhanced interrogation techniques that Congress later banned, a point of contention for Democrats who think he did play a role.